Blog 2.4 - Interrogative Introduction

Interrogative Introduction

Acts of Inquiry, University of Washington, 2013

" . . . invites readers into the conversation of your essay by asking one or more questions, which the essay goes on to answer."

Anything to Say?

   Interrogative Introductions, like Narrative ones, work when somebody has something to say.  Asking questions for question's sake only makes you spin in circles, but knowing what you want to ask makes all the difference.  

        The problem with asking a question is relevance.  If nobody has thought about the issue -- or cares -- then asking a question leaves the writer without a place to turn.  The key, then, to writing a good Interrogative Intro comes from asking the right question.  

        The trick is abstraction (big ideas).  Rather than saying, "Have you ever wanted to do dishes better?", you might say, "Have you ever felt alone?"  It's so broad, most people can find common ground. 

Assignment: (an exercise in multiple perspectives)

1. Read Formulating Issue-Based Questions (COI, 149-153)

2. Read the following two articles

Article #1

Article #2 (find a painting you like)

3. In the space below, write an Interrogative Intro that uses Seeing, Guardian Article, and the Painting.

4. Hilight (underline, bold) your major claim -- it should be  your question.

© Jeff Thomas,